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Indie Bookstores in Pennsylvania

The best list of independent Pennsylvania bookstores

 

Whistlestop Bookshop is a independent book store that believes if you are going to be small, you may as well be interesting. We handpick our books and offer regular events, we specialize in customer service above and beyond the call of duty, and we strive to make every visit worthwhile.

We are an independent full service book store (both retail and wholesale) and wine bar. Personalized professional service is our focus. Finding whatever book you seek—or at the very least, its status—is our specialty. We host author events. Let us help with your literary needs!

  • City Title Douglassville
  • Address 1 1179 Ben Franklin Hwy. W.
  • Phone (610) 385-0766
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Starr Books has over 100,000 books! In addition to our store, we also ship books anywhere in the USA! Visit our website for more details and valuable coupons!

Booktenders is an independently owned, full-service children's bookstore specializing in providing quality literature and children's programs for children from birth through age 13. We also organize special events throughout the year.

The Doylestown Bookshop is a locally owned and operated bookstore dedicated to preserving the heritage and traditions of independent bookstore ideals.

  • City Title Easton
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  • Address 1 466 Northampton St.
  • Phone (484) 541-5379
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Book & Puppet Co. is a shop crammed with puppets, games, toys, children's and adult books, graphic novels, zines, cards, art supplies, humorous gifts, educational collectibles and costumery. It's located in downtown Easton, PA, across from the State Theater, and hosts many events each week, including book signings, story hours, art classes, writing and reader groups, and of course, puppet shows.

  • Address 1 3701 William Penn Hwy
  • Phone (610) 438-4464
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

We are a used bookstore in Palmer Township. We have over 30,000 books from many different genres. Come by and get yourself Hooked on a Book or two!

As the name implies the Quadrant Book Mart & Coffee House is a flawless combination of the quintessential used book store and cafe. We are a diverse bookstore with titles in dozens of categories. We carry reading copies of thousands of titles as well as collectible and rare volumes.

Open Book runs classes, workshops and events for readers, writers, and thinkers. We also run the Open Book Bookstore with a wide selection of new books.

  • City Title Emmaus
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  • Address 1 244 Main St.
  • Phone (610) 928-8600
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Let's Play Books! is a small children's and general bookstore with books and some toys/games for ages infant through Young Adult, and we now carry more adult titles than ever. We may not have every book, but we do have a selection of hand picked titles and can always help you find the right book. We also offer a ton of programs and events: author visits, story times, play/game times, art/activities, and general silliness.

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  • Address 1 56 S. 4th St.
  • Phone (610) 966-3114
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery
  • Sidelines Gifts

Now and Then Books is a bookstore featuring gently used and collectible books. We are located at 56 South 4th Street, (Corner of 4th and Broad St.) Emmaus, Pennsylvania. We sell used fiction of all flavors, including science fiction & fantasy, horror, mysteries & thrillers, children's & young adult, romance, contemporary fiction & literature, mass-market paperbacks, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, audiobooks, and collectibles. We also carry a small selection of new books and a variety of gift items for booklovers.

  • City Title Erie
  • Address 1 5546 Peach St
  • Phone (814) 864-1853
  • Type New books
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Northwest PA's biggest used book, comic book, and gaming store!

  • Address 1 1535 W. Eighth St.
  • Phone (814) 314-2827
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

The seeds of Pressed began with a passion for discovering quality through the five senses, whether in the experience of examining a beautifully printed book or of enjoying an artfully crafted mug of coffee. The experience of shopping should be a pleasing process of making discoveries. At Pressed, we aim to provide our community an old-fashioned tactile shopping experience, with a fresh style.

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  • Address 1 3514 Liberty St, Liberty Plaza
  • Phone (814) 864-1565
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Werner Books is a new and used bookstore. We also offer a paperback exchange program that allows you to bring in your previously read paperbacks and earn credit towards your next purchase of used books.

We are a community-oriented bookshop nestled in the Eagleview Town Center. Visit us for new, used and rare books, delicious coffee and personalized recommendations.

  • City Title Gettysburg
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  • Address 1 42 York St
  • Phone (717) 685-5207
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Sidelines Gifts

We are a history bookstore in historic downtown Gettysburg. We specialize in military history.

  • City Title Grove City
  • Address 1 1911 Leesburg Grove City Rd Ste 105
  • Phone (724) 748-6052
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

We are a locally-owned family business. Please stop in to see us for some great deals on books and more. In addition to new releases and best sellers, we have a huge selection of new bargain books that are ticketed at 40% to 80% off list price.

  • City Title Hanover
  • Address 1 125 Broadway
  • Phone (717) 630-2524
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

Great coffee and a large variety of books, with special orders too. Stop in for a delicious sandwich, fresh salad, or hot bowl of soup to go along with your delicious drink while you shop for your favorite new book.

Creative art studio for classes and book sales in related subjects: art instruction, table books, craft, history, design, color, local destinations and tourism, and local western PA authors.

Award-winning independent booksellers since 2011. New, used, and rare books.

CBW carries books for children from infancy through high school, as well as an eclectic selection of books for grown-ups. We love working with you and your children. We are always happy to order any in-print book you need

Welcome to the booklover's bookstore, where you'll find an ever-changing selection of over 60,000 new and used titles to lift the mind and stir the soul at the lowest prices imaginable. You name it, we've got it! From new releases and bestsellers to counter-culture classics, hard-to-find titles, textbooks, antiquarian beauties and backlogs of your favorite authors - all at prices so low - you can create your own economic stimulus plan!

  • City Title Hermitage
  • Address 1 3341 East State St
  • Phone (724) 983-1649
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

We are a locally owned family business. Please stop in to see us for some great deals on books and more. In addition to new releases and best sellers, we have a huge selection of new bargain books that are ticketed at 40% to 80% off list price.

All of our books are donated by the community and the proceeds support the Kennett Area Senior Center.

  • City Title Kutztown
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  • Address 1 271 W Main St.
  • Phone (484) 648-2712
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Located in downtown Kutztown, Firefly Bookstore is an independently owned and operated new and used bookstore. We carry a great selection of titles including large sections of children's books, general fiction, sci-fi, religion & metaphysics, cooking, history and biography. We regularly host events.

  • City Title Lahaska
  • Address 1 162A Route 263 Peddler's Village
  • Phone (267) 544-5131
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers

The Lahaska Bookshop, the sister store of the Doylestown Bookshop, provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere, wide selections of books for all ages, magazines and gifts, and a staff of knowledgeable, wildly-enthusiastic booksellers.

  • City Title Lancaster
  • Address 1 1933 Fruitville Pike
  • Phone (717) 581-5887
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

B.R. Books is a family owned used bookstore in the Foxshire Plaza on Fruitville Pike in Lancaster.

DogStar Books is an open-shop used and rare bookstore, and art gallery. We have been buying and selling scholarly, antiquarian and better books, unusual paper, music and images since 1991. We feature a full size gallery space where we feature dynamic exhibits of local and regional artists, open poetry readings, and author appearances and readings.

Winding Way Books offers a wide range of new and used books, both fiction and nonfiction.

The Black Reserve Bookstore is not just a book or retail store. It's an experience but not just any experience: a black experience. Come get to know us.

  • City Title Ligonier
  • Address 1 139 E. Main St.
  • Phone (724) 238-7933
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Cool and eclectic, we offer books, teas , candles, bath products, housewares, books, ladies accessories, children's stuff, books, jewelry, and leather goods!

  • City Title Lititz
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  • Address 1 35 E. Main St.
  • Phone (717) 627-1990
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Aaron's Books is Lancaster County's Independent Bookstore, with a wide selection of new and gently used books!

Tattered Corners New and Used Bookstore opened its doors in 2001. We are a full service, community minded bookstore carrying a lot of everything, including both new and used books, and a large selection of children’s books from baby board books to young adult literature. Please stop in and check out our collection of over 30,000 books.

  • City Title Mechanicsburg
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  • Address 1 6 Clouser Rd.
  • Phone (717) 795-7470
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Mystery
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop has specialized in mystery, spy, thriller and horror books since 1990. Our inventory also includes true crime/forensics. Located in south central Pennsylvania, our shelves are filled with new and used books by authors ranging from Agatha Christie to Arthur Conan Doyle, James Patterson to Tess Gerritsen. We offer themed gift baskets starting at $30. On our website, you can order anything from books on antiques and collectibles to gardening.

Aaron's Books is Lancaster County's Independent Bookstore, with a wide selection of new and gently used books!

  • City Title Narberth
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  • Address 1 209 Haverford Ave.
  • Phone (610) 668-1545
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Opened in 2002, Character Development is a brick & mortar bookstore featuring children’s books for babies through young adults. We offer all genres of fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on education, the arts, science, nature, and people, places & cultures. We also have a wide range of toys and educational items that complement our books and foster a child’s desire to read, play, explore, imagine, and create, while also promoting a lifelong reverence for people, animals, and the environment.

A general interest bookstore with a forward-thinking attitude, smart selection, and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

  • City Title New Hope
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  • Address 1 44 S. Main St.
  • Phone (215) 862-2452
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

We are a large family run independent bookstore that has been in business for 47 years. We are a general purpose bookstore with a large selection of small presses. We have a cat.

  • City Title Newtown
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  • Address 1 2835 S. Eagle Rd.
  • Phone (215) 968-2400
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Newtown Bookshop is an independent bookshop with its location in the Village of Newtown Shopping Center. We offer a great selection of books, unique gifts and greeting cards and a staff that helps you find that perfect book!

  • City Title Oakmont
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  • Address 1 514 Allegheny River Blvd.
  • Phone (412) 828-4877 or (888) 800-6078
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's, Mystery

Celebrating 25 years of serving mystery lovers everywhere we're an independent bookshop located in the small town of Oakmont, PA. While our first love is the mystery genre, we've begun to expand our general interest and children's books sections. We also host a wide range of author events throughout the city of Pittsburgh.

Diverse books for a diverse community. We ship special orders Mondays and Thursdays, and everything in stock with our distributor will come in the next day.

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  • Address 1 4530 Baltimore Ave.
  • Phone (215) 662-5780
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary

Bindlestiff Books is a volunteer-run neighborhood bookstore in West Philadelphia, with a carefully selected array of new and discounted (but still new) books. We have children’s books, literary fiction, graphic novels, art, cookbooks, history, labor studies, politics, and much more, and we host author events throughout the year. We’re at 4530 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143, just two blocks from Clark Park.

  • Address 1 1409 W. Erie Ave.
  • Phone (215) 965-1559
  • Type New books
  • Specialty African American

Independently-owned store carrying books, art, DVDs, and hosting events related to African-American culture.

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  • Address 1 311 N. 20th St
  • Phone (215) 567-0527
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Book Corner was established in 1991 as a program of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia, an independent not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for library services for city residents in every neighborhood. We offer an eclectic selection of new, rare, out-of-print, and quality used, publicly donated books.

The Book Trader is located right in the heart of Old City, across from the historic Christ Church. We specialize in used and hard to find books.

  • Address 1 709 S. 4th St.
  • Phone (215) 592-1207
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary

Come in and browse our beautiful selection of children's books, literature, poetry, art books, graphic novels, rare and limited edition ephemera, and much more. A place to discover wonderful books and hidden gems. Specializing in lovely or rare editions and artfully-created books.

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  • Address 1 345 S. 12th St.
  • Phone (215) 923-2960
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Feminist
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

There's no better place to see the breadth and depth of LGBT culture. Our staff has, collectively, more than 100 years' experience with our books, magazines, and movies. Our regular announcements of new books and movies comprise the most up to date and complete listings of materials in our subjects available anywhere. Our website, broken into lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual sections, organizes by year and subject (fiction, parenting, etc.) almost all the books we've received going back about five years.

Family owned & operated for over 50 years!

Straddling two historic Philadelphia communities, Society Hill and Queen Village, Head House Books was founded in 2005 because we believe no community is complete without the inspiration and idea exchange that only a locally owned, independent bookstore can provide.

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  • Address 1 3920 Spruce St
  • Phone (215) 222-1576
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Educational, Feminist, Literary

Our shop is located on two floors of a quiet, comfortable Victorian house on the edge of the University of Pennsylvania campus. The large stock of general and scholarly books is divided between new and used, and is well-organized and categorized.

Established in 1951, Joseph Fox Bookshop is a general independent bookstore in the beautiful Rittenhouse Square area of downtown Philadelphia.

50,000+ used books, DVDs, CDs, lps fill a series of 19th century workshops one block from South Street, and a few blocks from Independence Hall. We swap books.

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  • Address 1 130 S. 34th St.
  • Phone (215) 222-7600
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

One of Philly's oldest indie bookstores, we have been selling books with a special emphasis on scholarly titles since 1962. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the book you want. If we don't have it in stock, we will be happy to order it for you!

Since 1987, Pilothouse Nautical Books and Charts has served the informational needs of the yachtsman, the fisherman, and the professional mariner, and all people who have an interest in ships, boats, and the sea.

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  • Address 1 112 Cotton St
  • Phone (215) 482-0704
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Manayunk's neighborhood bookshop selling new, used, and weird books.

  • Address 1 31 E. Columbia Ave.
  • Phone (267) 702-0123
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Art

Ulises is a bookshop and curatorial platform dedicated to artists' books and independent art publications.

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  • Address 1 704 South St.
  • Phone (215) 413-0999
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Children's, Feminist
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Founded in 1976, the Wooden Shoe is an all volunteer, collectively-run, anarchist book store. Functioning within a system we oppose, we seek to be an example of one way things can function without anyone commanding or forcing us to think or act a certain way. We have neither bosses nor managers and make all of our decisions through consensus rather than majority rule voting so as to empower those involved. We also identify as an infoshop, meaning that we serve as a space for people to gather, learn, and find out more about like-minded activities happening in their communities.

  • City Title Phoenixville
  • Address 1 2234 Kimberton Rd.
  • Phone (610) 933-3742
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

A new bookstore in the Village of Kimberton, Pennnsylvania.

  • City Title Pittsburgh
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  • Address 1 1317 E. Carson St.
  • Phone (412) 471-1899
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

We buy and sell used books and records as well as carrying cards and gifts and new books too.

Visit our website to learn more about us as a collective or our individual workers, see our upcoming events, and see what's in store for The Big Idea Cooperative!

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  • Address 1 908 Galveston Ave
  • Phone (412) 321-7323
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional

Acclaimed Pittsburgh bookstore with storied past seeks full- and part-time readers for an enduring relationship with books. Optional world and time travel. Curiosity, diversity, and humor recommended. Experience with words preferred but not required. Be prepared to lose yourself in our pages. Start immediately.

Indie bookstore specializing in international literature and works in translation. The project of City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

  • Address 1 5825 Forbes Ave
  • Phone (412) 422-2220
  • Type Primarily new with some used books

Classic Lines is the place in Squirrel Hill for buying new and used books, vintage housewares, home decor, fine art, gifts, gardenalia, and more.

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  • Address 1 3138 Dobson St. 3rd Floor
  • Phone (412) 251-5451
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

Supporting individual creators, self-publishers, and small presses while offering a curated collection of the best in comics, literature, art, music and cinema, and hosting author events. An oasis at the crossroads of culture.

Eide's Entertainment The World's Greatest Comic Shop!

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  • Address 1 810 Bellefonte St.-Shadyside
  • Phone (412) 681-8755 or (877) 681-8755
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts

Journeys is about serenitybooks, gifts, and music created in 1989 to provide the community with the resources and inspiration to explore personal growth, life issues, and spirituality. The perfect place to find that special gift. Visit our site calendar for upcoming events.

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  • Address 1 3233 W. Liberty Ave.
  • Phone (412) 344-7444
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Rickert & Beagle Books is a strangely perfect used and new bookstore in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded by Chris Rickert and named for her and her friend Peter S Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and Summerlong.

  • Address 1 8850 Covenant Ave.
  • Phone (412) 366-1001
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Riverstone Books is your neighborhood independent bookstore offering a complete range of books for all ages, and hosting author events and book clubs.

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  • Address 1 4754 Liberty Ave
  • Phone (412) 224-2847
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

New and used books in Bloomfield.

  • City Title Rebersburg
  • Address 1 121 E. Main St.
  • Phone (814) 349-2611
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Regional

With close to 30,000 volumes, we have a wide array of titles featuring biographies of presidents, other politicos, Supreme Court Justices, Native Americans, women in politics, and religious leaders. Also: religion, outdoors, classics, and more.

  • City Title Sewickley
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  • Address 1 417 1/2 Beaver St.
  • Phone (412) 741-3838
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Since 1929, the Penguin Bookshop has been a fixture in the heart of Sewickley, PA. We offer an extensive collection of books for all ages, as well as journals, cards, newspapers, and magazines. We're proud to be an independent bookstore, a vibrant part of the Sewickley community, and a great literary resource for the Pittsburgh region. We host many book signings for visiting authors, local book clubs, and additional community events. We hold a weekly Children's Storytime. A full listing of Penguin events can be found on our website.

  • City Title Slippery Rock
  • Address 1 Slippery Rock University Union
  • Phone (724) 738-2104
  • Type New books

Your one stop shop for textbooks, school supplies, SRU merchandise, and much more!

  • City Title Spring City
  • Address 1 514 Ridge Rd
  • Phone (610) 495-3001
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Come, browse, relax, enjoy our wide variety of books. Our shelves are organized and you'll appreciate our pricing policy. We also buy, sell, trade CDs & DVDs.

We are a Real Brick & Mortar Book Shop. Primarily used books, we also carry vintage vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, Audio Books and Sheet Music. We are open 6 days a week and on Sundays "By Chance." Thousands of books in all subjects, from the more recent to the old, rare and obscure, you're sure to find something to satisfy you literary desires.

Main Point Books is a locally owned, independent bookstore, run by people who care about what you read. We have books for everyone in the family and a knowledgeable staff that can help you find the perfect gift. Stop by and check us out.

  • City Title Wellsboro
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  • Address 1 7 East Ave.
  • Phone (570) 724-5793
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
From My Shelf is located in beautiful, small-town Wellsboro, PA, right on historic Main Street. We're proud to be a customer-centered, independently-owned bookstore. Our knowledgeable staff and eclectic, ever-changing inventory has garnered us praise from big-city visitors and fellow small-town dwellers alike.

Deep in the heart of the enchanting and historical Brandywine Valley in Chester County, Pennsylvania resides one of America’s truly distinctive bookstores. Baldwin’s Book Barn is a five-story antiquarian bookstore housed in a rustic dairy barn built in 1822 by Quakers Brinton and Sarah Darlington.

2nd Reading benefits the local Senior Center. It's a great place to find affordable, used books, especially fiction and classics.

We are one of two secondhand bookstores operated by the West Chester Senior Center. Our stock consists of donated books from the community, and all sales benefit senior citizens in the West Chester community.

  • City Title Williamsport
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  • Address 1 107 West 4th St.
  • Phone (570) 326-5764 or (888) 762-4526
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

Established in 1841, Otto's is the oldest independent bookstore in the USA. Family owned since the '30s. Huge selection of both new and used. Web site lists over 3 1/2 million books and e-books. Speedy special orders. Come find the book you didn't know you needed.

  • City Title York
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  • Address 1 2107 Industrial Hwy
  • Phone (717) 843-2947
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
TG Books is a new and used bookseller located in York, PA. We stock thousands of new and used titles 
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